The Manufacturers Association's
Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Youth:

For Students and Families

Do you want to earn while you learn? How about free college? The Manufacturers Association Pre- Apprenticeship Program for Youth is for you! We offer job shadows and internships at local manufacturing companies. By joining the program, youth apprentices receive critical classroom and on-the-job training that prepares them for today’s workplace and higher education.

Why Should I Participate?

  • Gain hands-on experience in technology.
  • Explore career options before graduating high school.
  • Earn college credit.
  • Paid and unpaid internship opportunities.

What Are the Requirements?

  • Be at least 16 years old by March 15, 2023.
  • Entering 11th or 12th grade by Fall 2022.
  • Attending school in Cayuga, Oswego, or Onondaga county.
  • Interested in manufacturing and technology.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2023

What Careers Can I Explore?

Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT)

Entry-level operator of manufacturing equipment, such as troubleshooting, safety procedures, and more. An IMT apprenticeship is the first position in a series of stackable credentials.

Electro-Mechanical Technician

Work on all electrical and mechanical systems in the plant: operation, testing, maintenance, and repair.

Quality Control

Ensure that products meet the expectations of the consumer. Critical use of attention to detail.


Serve as the designers and developers of equipment, components, and systems. Guide technicians in implementing and running processes.

Plant Maintenance Electrician

Go-to person for the electrical, mechanical, HVAC, and safety functions of a facility. Includes troubleshooting and maintenance. Higher-level position.


Use skills such as machining and welding to create precision tools for manufacturing equipment.


Set-up and operate computer-controlled tools and robots to make precision metal parts and instruments.


Produce metal products using welders, cutters, shapers, and more. Requires meeting strict customer specifications during fabrication and assembly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

It is helpful to have experience, but it is not required. Experience can include technology coursework, extracurricular activities (such as robotics club), working on a farm, hands-on hobbies (such as fixing cars), etc.

No. It is helpful for you to have hands-on experience or classroom education, but it is NOT required. You need to have an interest in technology/manufacturing to participate.

You need to shadow between 4-20 hours during the spring 2023 semester. The hours and times are handled by the employer and student. Job shadows may take place during school breaks, weekends, during school hours, depending on the individual situation.

      • Now – March 15th, 2023 – Students submit applications
      • January – March 2023 – Program outreach to schools
      • March 15th – April 2023 – Student interviews with MACNY
      • April 2023 – Zoom interviews with employers/students
      • May 2023 – Students notified of match and “signing day”
      • Summer or Fall 2023 – Students complete job shadowing; students in prior cohort intern or work part-time, depending on opportunities available with company

Registered Apprenticeship programs are regulated by the Department of Labor – they are formal agreements between the employee and employer regarding post-secondary requirements and “earn while you learn” on-the-job training. Upon completion of these requirements, the apprentice earns a nationally recognized credential, known as a Journey Worker certificate. In New York State, a Registered Apprentice must be at least 18 years old.

Students have several options:

  • Go to college
  • Go to work
  • Do both! Earn while you learn through a NYS Registered Apprenticeship!

Questions? Ask our team.

Youth Apprenticeship Staff Photos